QUALIFICATION

Certificate IV in Community Services


National Code: CHC42015
TAFE SA Code: TP00825


Description

Develop the skills and knowledge to design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and/or groups as well as providing support, advocacy or interventions to individual clients, groups or communities across a range of services.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Counsellor and Community Worker Counsellor and Community Worker

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

Locations & Applications

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Course Admission Requirements

and

  • Either any Certificate III or higher or SACE Completion or equivalent
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.
Campus / Location
Code
Study Mode
Study Load
Scheduled

Course Admission Requirements

any one of:

  • Certificate III or higher in a Community Services or Health related area
  • Evidence of current paid employment/volunteer work in a community services direct client intervention role for a period of 12 months or more and provide evidence of this before an offer is made
  • Note: Please see important information below about studying this course as an existing worker
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Subsidised
$904 - $1,404
$1,807 - $2,808
Concession
$395 - $614
$791 - $1,229

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,657 - $2,574
$3,313 - $5,148

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Note: This existing worker program is specifically aimed at Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and work experience which is set to a ten-week process. You must be able to receive RPL for all units of competency for the qualification. If you are not granted RPL for any of the units of competency for the qualification, you will be referred to blended study or other course options. You will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made.
    • For participation in this qualification, students will be required to obtain a clearance from the Department of Human Services (DHS) at their expense. For more information please go to https://screening.sa.gov.au/
    • Basic computing skills are required for successful completion of this course. Contact Information Services on 1800 882 661 for information on courses available.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    On completion of this qualification, students may be able to move into the community services sector, working in roles such as case worker, prevention worker, home based care worker, community services worker, welfare worker and early intervention worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Community Services (CHC42015)
    This course covers the interests and rights of clients, communication, working with diverse people, legal and ethical requirements, developing and maintaining networks and partnerships and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 8 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.

    Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
    Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
    Maintain work health and safety 40
    Use communication to build relationships 55
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40

    Elective

    Name Nominal Hours
    Facilitate responsible behaviour 40
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide first aid 18
    Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs 90
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 50
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
    Work with people with mental health issues 80
    Work within a community development framework 65
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